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Gretzky (statue) gets a touch-up before move to Oilers’ new rink

From the Canadian Press:

He stands nine feet two inches tall and hasn’t aged a bit, but the statue of hockey great Wayne Gretzky could use a waxing and a bath.

The 430-kilogram bronze statue of No. 99 holding the Stanley Cup over his head has been on display at Rexall Place for the past 27 years, but with a move to a new arena in the near future he’s taken a road trip down south to where he was created.

"Yes it’s a facelift," laughed Don Begg, a bronzesmith with Studio West in Cochrane, west of Calgary, who worked on casting the statue back in 1989 after it was sculpted by John Weaver.

"Actually he still looks pretty good to me. We’ve examined him over and he’s really in good shape but everything needs a little bit of tender loving care after 27 years."

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